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Environmental Law LAW242


Addressing some of the most important issues for humanity and the future of our planet, this unit is suitable for both law and non-law students. This foundational unit, as a basis for more advanced study in the field, introduces the major environmental problems that the law is expected to address, focusing on environmental law and policy at the Commonwealth level and some reference to Tasmania as an example of State-level responses to environmental issues. The unit’s core themes are: 1) why does environmental law exist (what problems does it respond to and what ideas and philosophies shape that response); 2) who are the key actors in environmental law (e.g. states, corporations and the general public); 3) where does environmental law come from (e.g. common law, public legislation and international law); 4) how is environmental law implemented (e.g., regulation, economic instruments). The unit concludes with case studies (eg climate change and nature conservation) offering more in-depth analysis of the main themes of the syllabus.


Unit name Environmental Law
Unit code LAW242
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Arts, Law and Education
Faculty of Law
Discipline Law
Coordinator Professor Benjamin Richardson
Available as student elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania


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Learning Outcomes

  • Describe and explain the architecture of Australian environmental law, including the key sources, goals, actors and tools and the guiding policies, philosophies and principles of environmental law in Australia.
  • Critique the principles in light of the difficulties faced by decision-makers in implementing these principles.
  • Apply this knowledge of environmental law to different scenarios including climate change and biodiversity conservation.
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50 credit points of Introductory units - to do this unit it is recommended that you have completed LAW107

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AssessmentExamination - invigilated (externally - Exams Office) (50%)|Essay (30%)|Tutorial Participation/Other Participation (20%)
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